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Public Access - search for an application

Please note: From Monday 19 March to Wednesday 4 April 2018 we will be implementing a new planning software system.

During this period:

  • new applications will be logged
  • no decisions will be issued
  • Public Access will be available to view applications received on or before 16 March 2018
  • applications received on or after 19 March will be available to view from Friday 23 March 2018
  • consultation periods will be extended
  • comments normally submitted via Public Access should be emailed to planning.representations@medway.gov.uk

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Updated daily, our online Planning Application Search System gives you access to the latest planning information within Medway.

Public Access holds the textual records for all planning applications within Medway since 1949.  This information includes a full description of the proposal, the type and status of the application and important dates such as the date of receipt and validation, and the date of decision.

Further information

Our Planning Application Search system:
  • provides details of planning applications
  • allows you to comment on current applications
  • enables you to view of applications received and determined
  • enables you to view historic application details
  • enables you to search a property address for an application(s)
  • allows you to save searches (Customer Account Required)
  • allows you to track applications (Customer Account Required)

Searching for a planning application

There are four different ways you can search for a current planning application online depending on how much information you have about the application you want to find. You can search for:

  • specific applications
  • browse through lists in a particular postcode or street by street. You access each type of  search by  clicking on the ‘tabs’ above the search box on the page.

(You do not need to register online or be logged in to carry out searches, although if you are not logged in you will not be able to save searches or make comments.)


Allows you to put in a full or partial post code, or the single line of an address, such as a street name, a keyword or by putting in all or some of the reference number. The reference number is six digits and will always follow the format of MC/15/0041 You can use a wild card search using the percentage symbol ‘%’ if you don’t know the full reference number, for example, %15/0041%.  The reference number should be clearly displayed on all public notices and paperwork relating to the application.  A wild card can also be used when searching for an address for example, 123 High Street, Rochester contains a comma after street you could search, 123 high street%Rochester%


This allows you to put in more detailed information about the application you are trying to find and is useful if you need to bring up a specific application. You can search using relevant dates, the name of the person who made the application, or a variety of other factors.

Weekly /monthly lists:  

You can, search for an application using the date and optional additional information such as Status or what Medway ward it is in obtaining data in real time.

Using the Documents Tab you will be able to view plan(s) submitted with planning applications received from 1 January 2005. To view these documents you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Guidance on how to set up a user account and use Public Access

Copyright Notice

Images of plans, drawings and other material relevant to an application are made available on this site for public inspection purposes pursuant to section 47 of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 so that they can be inspected at a more convenient time or place than would otherwise be the case.

Unless the 1988 Act provides relevant exception to copyright, the plans, drawings and other material on this site should not be copied without prior permission of the copyright owner.